ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi will have a better feel today after throwing off the mound, but said his bruised right foot felt good enough Thursday that he expects to make his next start as scheduled Monday in Toronto.
"I feel really good today, surprisingly," Odorizzi said. "I was expecting soreness but there's not a lot of soreness. I'll know more tomorrow after my bullpen but I don't expect any reason not to start on my fifth day."
From the force with which the 92-mph line drive struck the outside back of his foot in Wednesday's game and how he reacted, it appeared to all — including Odorizzi — that he was seriously hurt, but X-rays showed otherwise.
"I've seen the replay, I got very lucky," Odorizzi said. "That's basically the only way I can put it. There's a lot of little bones and a big ankle area in there. Missed everything, just got some nerves. It was loud, I heard the sound when it hit me. It just numbed everything in the area and I had a burning sensation. … But when I came in to get X-rays the feeling started to come back."
The Rays also got good news on Lucas Duda, who returned to the lineup at DH after being scratched Wednesday when a grounder during warmups took a bad bounce and bruised his left thumb.
As the Buffalo roams
After a bad night in which three runs scored on pitches that bounced away from him and an 0-for-3 dropped his average to .181, C Wilson Ramos got a previously scheduled day off Thursday. There's talk the left hamstring that Ramos tweaked scoring from first in Anaheim on July 14 may still be a factor, and his performance since would affirm that, a .140 average, one extra base hit, a .313 OPS. Manager Kevin Cash said he would confer with Ramos, who returned June 24, a few weeks ahead of schedule, from major right knee surgery, about better managing his playing time, which could lead to less action. "I need to do a better job of talking and communicating with Wilson to see how he's feeling," Cash said. "He wants to play, and I know that. It's easy for me in the excitement when we got him; maybe we need to consider and get his opinion on what a really successful workload would be for him."
More medical matters: Andriese set for rehab
RHP Matt Andriese (hip) felt good throwing a bullpen session and is slated to begin a rehab assignment on Sunday with the advanced Class A Stone Crabs. With three starts he could rejoin the Rays as soon as Aug. 28. … CF Kevin Kiermaier (hip, back) took the first of two days of batting practice with the team in advance of starting a rehab assignment likely to last a week, making for a potential return during the Aug. 18-24 homestand. … RHP Jose De Leon, the promising prospect acquired in January from the Dodgers, had another setback, leaving his Wednesday start for the Stone Crabs due to forearm tightness. Slated for Triple A, DeLeon has been on the minor-league DL twice this season, limited to 381/3 innings and one appearance for the Rays.
Pruitt's perilous path
As if it wasn't tough enough being a rookie starter in the majors, consider the matchups for Rays RHP Austin Pruitt, who on Sunday draws his fourth straight staff ace in Cleveland RHP Corey Kluber:
Date Opponent Line Result
7/28 at Yankees, Tanaka 5 IP, 5 ER L 1-6
8/2 at Astros, Keuchel 6.1 IP, 0 ER W 3-0
8/8 vs. Red Sox, Sale 6 IP, 1 ER L 0-2
8/13 vs. Indians, Kluber ??, ?? ??
Quote of the day
"I'm the mature one."
— Rays manager Kevin Cash, 39, on why he won't retaliate for previous repeated pranks by good buddy / Indians manager Terry Francona, 58.
• Wednesday was just the second time in Rays history, per the Elias Sports Bureau, they allowed three or more runs on wild pitches/passed balls.
• LHP Johnny Venters took the next small step in his comeback attempt from repeated elbow issues with a promotion to Double-A Montgomery.
• RHP Alex Colome logged his 71st career save, tying Danys Baez for third on the Rays all-time list behind Roberto Hernandez (101) and Fernando Rodney (85). With 34 this season, Colome is tied for the major-league lead with Colorado's Greg Holland.
• The Rays lead the majors with a 2.44 ERA for August.